IowaWatch is one of only 110 organizations selected to be part of a fundraising campaign to help nonprofit, investigative news organizations continue their mission of protecting truth and democracy. During the campaign, individual donations up to $1,000 will be matched through Dec. 31 by the campaign’s sponsoring organizations.

IowaWatch’s motivation for fundraising reflects the spirit of the News Match Campaign and of nonprofit public affairs journalism: Protect the press, protect the truth, and to protect democracy.

The Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating to match the funds donated to nonprofits like IowaWatch. Other partners for the campaign include the Institute for Nonprofit News, the News Revenue Hub, and the Miami Foundation. They will match donations made to IowaWatch up to $28,000 total between now and Dec. 31.

Freelance reporter Cindy Hadish (right, with her back to the camera), conducting an interview in August 2017 for an IowaWatch story that raises concerns about treating Iowans with Alzheimer’s disease. Credit: Lyle Muller/IowaWatch

Donors can contribute directly to IowaWatch or via The money donated to IowaWatch will help the staff produce high-quality, public-affairs news stories for Iowa readers.

“Support like this from national organizations is appreciated but these groups really want to see if IowaWatch and the rest of us in News Match can build support where we live and work,” IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller said. “That’s why we are grateful that Iowans already have donated toward this News Match during a quiet phase in October. We want to build on what those people donated.”


All news organizations participating in News Match must be members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. To be a member, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, must be transparent about funding sources, and produce investigative and/or public-service reporting. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Visit for more information.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, investigative news service that does investigative and community affairs journalism in collaboration with other media and trains college student journalists to do this kind of reporting at a high level.

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